How to Paint a Brick Pattern

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A brick pattern is one of the most basic yet intriguing patterns one can paint. Whether covering an entire wall or accenting a room subtly, painting brick patterns can add character and be a conversation starter. The pattern helps create depth and definition in a room, and can be accomplished with just a few basic art supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • 180-grit sandpaper
  • Wall cleaner
  • Rag
  • 1 gallon beige paint
  • 1 gallon dark red paint
  • Paint tray
  • Painter's tape
  • Paintbrushes, large and small
  • Smooth over the wall with 180-grit sandpaper to remove any nicks or other imperfections on the surface.

  • Pour some beige paint into a paint tray.

  • Dip a large paintbrush in -- opt for a paint roller instead for a larger surface, such as a wall -- and brush paint across the entire surface. This is the base coat, which will appear to be the brick mortar color once you finish painting.

  • Wait for the paint to dry completely. This typically takes between three and four hours; refer to the instructions on the paint can to be sure.

  • Stick long lines of tape across the surface horizontally, leaving even spaces in between each line. This creates the lines of brick, and you can make the spaces as small or as large as desired.

  • Stick shorter lines of tape vertically, connecting each line to another. Starting on the top line, place a single piece of tape vertically to create a rectangular shape, and place additional pieces of tape along the line, all the same distance apart. On the second line, place the pieces of tape so each rectangle, or "brick," is centered evenly beneath two bricks, with the center point directly under the line connecting the top two bricks, rather than having all the bricks directly underneath each other, for the most realistic brick pattern. This defines the separate bricks, and you are now ready to paint.

  • Pour some dark red paint into a paint tray.

  • Dip a large paintbrush in -- opt for a paint roller instead for a larger surface, such as a wall -- and brush paint across the entire surface. This is the top coat, which will appear to be the brick color once you finish painting and remove the tape.

  • Wait for the paint to dry completely. This typically takes between three and four hours; refer to the instructions on the paint can to be sure.

  • Remove the painter's tape, one piece at a time, slowly as to not crack or peel any of the paint. Once all the tape is removed, you should be left with an authentic brick pattern and can touch up any areas with a small paintbrush and additional paint.

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  • Photo Credit Brick image by Luke Haverkamp from Fotolia.com
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